Thursday 7th December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 115 )

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Thursday 7th December 2023 ( Series 88 Prelim 115 )

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Hello and welcome to another Thursday recap

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C1: Champion JJ Burrows (4 wins, 336 points.)
C2: Challenger Chris Ritchie.
DC: Susie Dent and Bob Harris .
RR: Rachel Riley.
OT: Other words or solutions.

R01: R N M I E Y D O T
R02: S C N A E L U S D
R03: 75, 50, 4, 10, 5, 3, . Target: 766.
TTT: HUMPALONG - ""I'll have a cooked lunch for a change", he said."
R04: G D F I E S L T O
R05: P N R U I A X G U
R06: 75, 100, 1, 4, 2, 3, . Target: 311.
R07: T C R A M E O N I
R08: R S F A E T R O H
R09: 100, 50, 5, 6, 6, 3. Target: 971.
TTT: KENWEIGHT - "Between Monday and Friday, Ken ate a salad for tea."
R10: N S E A P T I D S
R11: U E W L T O B G R
R12: E U S P T M S A T
R13: Z J E U L W D I C
R14: 100, 25, 3, 10, 1, 8. Target: 595.
R15: D R E W T O K E N (conundrum)


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Round 1: R N M I E Y D O T

JJ: MINTED (6)
Chris: MINOR (5)
DC: ENORMITY (8) MODERNITY (18)
Score: 6–0 (max 18)

A good start from our champion JJ with his 6.............but DC get to shine with their 9 Modernity

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Round 2: S C N A E L U S D

JJ: CANDLES (7)
Chris: SCALES (6)
DC: UNCLASSED (18)
Score: 13–0 (max 36)

This just gets better and better........another 9 from DC with Unclassed and a flake too !


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Round 3: 75, 50, 4, 10, 5, 3. Target: 766.

C1: 766. (5 − 3 + 75) × 10 − 4 (10)
C2: -
Score: 23–0 (max 46)

Nice and straightforward from our champion JJ not too taxing when it comes to this solve

Teatime teaser: HUMPALONG -> PLOUGHMAN

Round 4: G D F I E S L T O

JJ: FIDGETS (7)
Chris: SOILED (6)
DC: GODLIEST (8) DOGFLIES (8)
OT: GOLDITES (8)
Score: 30–0 (max 54)

Another good 7 from our champion JJ our challenger is having no luck on the letters round as he can only manage a 6.....over in DC they get to shine with a couple of 8s Dogflies and Godliest

Round 5: P N R U I A X G U

JJ: PARING (6)
Chris: PRANG (5)
DC: PARING (6)
OT: AIRGUN (6) GUANXI (6) PINGAU (6) PUNGUR (6) PURING (6) RAPING (6) RAXING (6) UNPAIR (6)
Score: 36–0 (max 60)

Round 6: 75, 100, 1, 4, 2, 3. Target: 311.

C1: 311. (100 + 4) × 3 − 1 (10)
C2: 311. (100 + 4) × 3 − 1 (10)
Score: 46–10 (max 70)

Our champion and challenger have no trouble solving this bad boy...........at long last Chris gets some points on the board and avoids a whitewash

Round 7: T C R A M E O N I

JJ: CREMATION (18)
Chris: RATION (6)
DC: MANTICORE (18)
Score: 64–10 (max 88)

A fantastic round from our champion JJ with his 9 Cremation........then again DC spot the other 9 with Manticore.........I managed to spot both of those !

Round 8: R S F A E T R O H

JJ: RAFTERS (7)
Chris: HORSE (5)
DC: FROTHERS (8)
Score: 71–10 (max 96)

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Round 9: 100, 50, 5, 6, 6, 3. Target: 971.

C1: -
C2: -
RR: 971. (100 − 3) × 50 ÷ 5 + 6 ÷ 6 (10)
Score: 71–10 (max 106)

Both champion and challenger blank this round..........but Rachel shows us all how it is done and produces a perfect 10

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Teatime teaser: KENWEIGHT -> WEEKNIGHT

Round 10: N S E A P T I D S

JJ: DETAINS (7)
Chris: SPINES (6)
DC: SANDIEST (8) STIPENDS (8)
OT: DESTAINS (8) SANDPITS (8) SANDSPIT (8) SAPIENTS (8)
Score: 78–10 (max 114)

A good 7 from JJ..........but there were a few 8s hidden away DC managed to spot a couple of those

Round 11: U E W L T O B G R

JJ: TROUBLE (7)
Chris: -
DC: TROUBLE (7) BUGWORT (7)
OT: OUTGREW (7)
Score: 85–10 (max 121)

7s all round....sadly not for Chris though as he blanks this round

Round 12: E U S P T M S A T

JJ: STATUES (7)
Chris: taups
DC: STATUS (6) MUTATES (7) UPSTATE (7)
OT: TAPETUMS (8) UPSTATES (8)
Score: 92–10 (max 129)

A good 7 from JJ , you have to feel sorry for Chris not scoring in the any of the letters rounds...........but one arther interesting 8 hidden away with Upstates

Round 13: Z J E U L W D I C

JJ: JUICED (6)
Chris: WILD (4)
DC: JUICED (6)
Score: 98–10 (max 135)

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Round 14: 100, 25, 3, 10, 1, 8. Target: 595.

C1: 599. 8 × 3 × 25 − 1 (7)
C2: -
RR: 595. (100 − 25 + 10) × (8 − 1) (10)
Score: 105–10 (max 145)

Another fine solve from our champion that bags him another 7 points .........sadly our challenger Chris doesn't even get close........but Ms riley shows us how it is done......but our recap writer has a different solution to 592 using the 8 times table


100-25=75
75-1=74
74*8=592
592+3=595


Round 15: D R E W T O K E N

C1 buzzes on 14 seconds to say NETWORKED which is correct.
Final Score: 115–10 (max 155)

Another good game from JJ and giving him his 2nd century, you have to feel sorry for Chris who was really nervous and couldn't get going therefore making this game one sided he will be happy with his goody bag and 10 points join me again to see if JJ will take close steps towards octo- champdom........in the meantime it is bye for now

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Tracey 'Old Enough To Be My Mum' Mills aka Crazy Cat Lady and Cat Lover
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